So, today gave us a really big shocker of a news story from Disney about a Pixar sequel, but it’s not the one a lot of people were hoping for…
John Lasseter will return to direct Pixar Animation Studios’ “Toy Story 4″ that Disney will release on June 16, 2017.
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen will reprise their roles as Woody and Buzz Lightyear.
Walt Disney Co. chief Bob Iger made the project announcement to Wall Street analysts as he discussed the company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year results on Thursday.
Iger gave few details of the fourth film in the franchise other than Lasseter’s return to the director’s chair. But Disney followed up the announcement, to add that Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (“Celeste and Jesse Forever”) have joined the project as writers, while Pixar vet Galyn Susman (ABC’s “Toy Story OF Terror! and “Toy Story that Time Forgot”) will produce the film.
“Toy Story 4″ will open a new chapter in the lives of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the “Toy Story” gang, Disney said, with Lasseter having come up with the idea for the fourth installment with Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Lee Unkrich, behind all three “Toy Story” films.
“We love these characters so much; they are like family to us,” Lasseter said in a statement. “We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before. ‘Toy Story 3’ ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another ‘Toy Story’ movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie—and I wanted to direct it myself.”
Lasseter, who serves as chief creative officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios, previously directed “Toy Story,” “Cars” and “Cars 2.” A third “Cars” is also planned with Lasseter attached.
“Toy Story 3″ was released in 2010 and earned nearly $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office. Unkrich, who co-directed “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters Inc.” and “Toy Story 2,” directed the third installment.
While Pixar does not have a release this year, it will have “The Good Dinosaur” and “Inside Out” bowing in 2015.
Walt Disney Animation Studios, which produced the highest-grossing animated film, “Frozen,” is currently gaining praise for “Big Hero 6,” out this weekend.
I mean, really, you all know what the reasoning for this getting made is more than likely going to be so let’s just get it out of the way:
That’s everybody’s first thought and quite frankly, that was my first thought as well.
However, let’s look at this thoroughly, there’s a ton of pros and cons to this movie coming so, let’s look at them:
Pro: Maybe Pixar has a story for it that could work
I would like to think that John Lasseter is smart enough to know what he’s doing but then again, they keep making Cars movies so what does that tell you. A while ago, Lasseter even said that he wouldn’t do sequels unless they had a good story to it. Again, that was before Cars 2 but I’d like to think that with such an important franchise to the studio like Toy Story, the crew would know when to take it slow and not go for a full feature length story unless you have a good hook to it.
Maybe they could do a prequel about how the toys came together, just like what they did with Monsters University.
Con: The original story ended at a good place
Toy Story 3 ended on a strong note wrapping up the story that the first two films set up and while the shorts and TV specials seem unnecessary, they are all still good, they’re all pretty fun and entertaining and if they could’ve continued making the shorts and movies, I wouldn’t have a problem.
Now that they are continuing the story, I have my doubts.
Pro: The animation and voice cast will still be good
Pixar’s animation has gradually improved with time and with the primary voice cast returning, that’s at least gotta be the strongest part of the movie.
Con: This’ll be nothing creative or original
We all saw what happened with Cars 2 but then again, maybe it’ll be like Monsters University, where it ends up being just as good as the previous film. But all signs are pointing to this being a cashgrab at this point.
Pro: It’s gotta be better than Cars 2
Pixar would be crazy to just make this a cashgrab and I hope that it won’t be that way and Pixar does have a plan in motion with this.
Con: We’re still waiting for The Incredibles 2
Earlier this year, Pixar said they were finally making an Incredibles 2 and we were hoping we’d get it soon but now, this comes up. But hey, there’s still two more undated Pixar movies for November 2017 and June 2018 so never give up hope.
Okay, so we’ve looked at all the possible problems and promising things this will likely be but here’s my thinking and I’ve stated this before, Pixar would not be that stupid to just make a Toy Story 4 after they’ve wrapped the original story up nicely in the original trilogy so I’m praying to god that Pixar does know what they are doing and will not just do Toy Story 4 to make a cheap buck because they would be smart enough to know that they can make a hit film and would not be crazy to just make a movie for said quickbuck…except, of course, Cars.
Bottom line, let’s wait to hear what kind of plan they have to make this. I’m hoping for the best but I always got to worry about the worst for this.
Follow The Reviewing Network at our Facebook page at Facebook.com/TheReviewingNetwork for continuing updates and debuts for new blog posts and also follow my Twitter feed so you can see new postings right as they are posted.